Nine Things to do after a Work Injury
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It is important to make an immediate report of your injury as
soon as it occurs. That is true regardless of how minor your
injury may seem. Over time an injury may worsen. However, if
you fail to make a report, you may lose your right to seek workers'
compensation benefits. Any type of injury caused or exacerbated by
your employment may be compensable. It may include something as
simple as a back injury from carrying a brief case into work or out of
work. It also would include head injuries, carpal tunnel
syndrome, fibromyalgia and almost any injury that is work related.
Wherever possible, make your report in writing and save a copy of that
report. If your employer does not make a written report, you
should do so and submit it to your supervisor.
immediately after the accident commit your summary of the incident
to writing for an attorney that your retain to review. The summary
should include the date and time of the incident, with whom your report
of the injury was made, and the limitations that the injury has caused.
If you fail to notify your employer you may lose the right to claim
workers compensation benefits.
Immediate Medical Care. After
you are injured you should seek immediate medical care. When
meeting with the medical health professional, you should make it known
that the injury was incurred at work. The cause will be recorded
as part of the medical record further documenting your case. The
longer the delay in seeking treatment after you are injured, the more
difficult it may be to tie that injury to your employment.
Continue with Medical
Follow up to treatment including any
rehabiltation should occur on a regular basis after the initial
treatment. Any lapse in care may also make it difficult to tie any
later complication of re-injury to your employment.prove that you
were injured on the job.
Maintain Calendar of Medical
You should write down on a calendar the dates and times
that you appear for medical treatment. Your records should
indicate the date, time, location and medical professional that you saw.
It us also important to include in your records any mileage to and from
your medical care providers Your mileage is compensable by
workers' compensation insurance.
of Medical Providers.
It is important to keep a clear list of the names and
addresses of medical care providers. This information will be
provided to your workers' compensation attorney to acquire all treatment
medical records that you receive including
of any medical bills, summaries, or treatment records.
Workers Compensation Records.
should retain any and all records related to your
workers' compensation claim. This includes any forms, letters,
mileage or medical bills.
• Consult an
Often the sooner that you consult with an experienced
workers' compensation attorney the better. A workers' compensation
attorney will work to protect your rights and your future.